Child abducted 20 years ago spotted on Facebook by brother who didn’t know they were related

A child abducted 20 years ago has been found after her biological brother  who didn’t even know they were related.

Twenty years later, on Monday, 29 November 2021, police received a new lead in the case.


The missing person’s 19-year-old biological brother spotted a photo of her on Facebook. He noticed a resemblance to their mother and informed his parents.


The information was reported to the police, and a DNA test was carried out to establish if the mother and child were related, said Mpumalanga police spokesperson Brigadier Mohlala.


Mohlala said the missing child, who was allegedly abducted in Ermelo in 2001, had not been seen by her family since her disappearance.


In March 2001, Mohlala said, a 16-year-old girl gave birth at the Ermelo Provincial Hospital and was discharged on 23 March 2001 and was in the company of her aunt when they met the suspect on their way home to Breyten.


The suspect, from Limpopo, has since appeared in the Ermelo Magistrate’s Court and was granted R1 000 bail.